Richard Petty to receive NCMA award

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RICHARD PETTY TO RECEIVE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD; NCMA ANNUAL BANQUET DATE SET FOR JAN 31, 2008. CONCORD, N.C. (Sept. 14, 2007) - The North Carolina Motorsports Association (NCMA) will host its second annual awards banquet on January 31,...

RICHARD PETTY TO RECEIVE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD; NCMA ANNUAL BANQUET DATE SET FOR JAN 31, 2008.

CONCORD, N.C. (Sept. 14, 2007) - The North Carolina Motorsports Association (NCMA) will host its second annual awards banquet on January 31, 2008, when it will present Richard Petty with the Achievement in Motorsports Tribute Award for his lifetime accomplishments in motorsports and contributions to the state of North Carolina.

"King" Richard's seven NASCAR Cup Series championships, seven Daytona 500 victories and 200 career wins make Petty, statistically, the top driver in NASCAR history. However, what he has accomplished for the sport and the state of North Carolina off the track are equally notable. Born in Level Cross, N.C., where he still lives and works and where he has raised a family, Petty has truly made a difference as a leader in his community, and his service to others is unrivaled in many ways. Starting in 1978, Petty served for16 years as Randolph County commissioner where he focused on improving schools and law enforcement. And in 1996, he was the Republican nominee for North Carolina Secretary of State. Petty also gave back to his community by dedicating time, effort and funding to organizations such as Hospice of Randolph County, Pfeiffer University, Mt. Shepherd Retreat Center, Level Cross United Methodist Church and Victory Junction Gang Camp. In addition to devotion to public service, Petty Enterprises, which encompasses a two-car NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race shop, the Richard Petty Museum and The Richard Petty Driving School, Petty has been a significant motorsports industry employer for decades in state of North Carolina.

Moreover, the time and compassion he has devoted to his fans is a direct result of the gratitude he feels toward them for supporting his career and making it all possible. "The King" never lost sight of that – even after retiring at the end of the 1992 season -- making it no surprise that he was voted most popular driver nine times.

"I can't think of anybody more deserving of the North Carolina Motorsports Association Lifetime Achievement Award than Richard Petty," said Andy Papathanassiou, NCMA executive director. "Family values, service to others, staying true to his roots, star power and true talent leaves Petty in a class all his own."

The North Carolina Motorsports Association (NCMA) will also honor the outstanding achievement of individuals and organizations that have a significant impact on the North Carolina motorsports industry.

Companies are nominated for 10 awards in seven distinct categories including education, diversity, marketing, economic development, safety innovations, event facilities and manufacturers & suppliers. Nominees need not be Association members. Award nominations begin September 15, and nominees will be evaluated by the NCMA Awards Nomination Committee, which is composed of Motorsports professionals and industry experts. The three finalists chosen for each award by the Nominations Committee will be announced at the Association's annual luncheon on November 5. NCMA member votes will determine the winners. The NCMA is the voice of the motorsports industry in North Carolina, representing businesses that support more than 26,000 jobs in North Carolina. During 2004, the NCMA commissioned a study which revealed that the industry is responsible for that level of employment and has a total economic impact of $5.9 billion annually within the state. The economic impact study played an important role in Charlotte's successful bid for the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Proceeds from this event go toward NCMA initiatives such as the Motorsports Workforce Development Initiative IE2 - "Introduce, Educate, Intern,

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